Updates From the World of Livestock & Poultry Research

Campbell reappointed VP Research at Guelph

Malcolm Campbell will serve a second five-year term as vice-president (research) at the University of Guelph. The review committee noted Campbell's dedication, research vision and connections with government and private sector research partners.

Ontario swine breeder honoured with national award

Rod de Wolde of Millbrook was awarded the 2019 Merit Award at the recent Canadian Swine Breeders Association annual meeting. de Wolde is a leading swine breeder, president of Ontario Swine Improvement and the second generation in his family to receive this award.
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University of Saskatchewan receives new genomic research funds

Three University of Saskatchewan-led projects will share $24.2 million over four years to advance food sustainability and productivity. The funding is from Genome Canada, the provincial government, Western Grains Research Foundation, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

John Campbell awarded top beef industry recognition

Researcher and professor Dr. John Campbell received the 2019 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. His work at the University of Saskatchewan focuses on clinical research in beef cattle health management and the epidemiology of infectious diseases.
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Making News
Research chair in beef production systems

The University of Alberta and the Beef Cattle Research Council are collaborating, along with other beef industry partners, to create a research chair in beef production systems to increase the economic, environmental and social sustainability of beef production.
Coming Events
Sept 4th, 2019: PIC's Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Baden, ON

Sept 9-13, 2019: 9th Multi Stakeholder Partnership Meeting: Innovation for Sustainable Livestock Systems, Manhattan, Kansas.

Sept 10 - 12, 2019 : Canada's Outdoor Farm Show, Woodstock ON,

Sept 17 - 21, 2019: International Plowing Match, Verner, ON

Sept 18, 2019: Shakespeare Swine Seminar, Guelph, ON

Sept 23, 2019: Science in the Pub, 
Guelph, ON

Oct 5 - 9, 2019: Anuga 2019 - Taste the Future, Cologne, Germany,

Oct 7- 9, 2019: PAACO, Guelph, ON

Oct 8 - 11, 2019: Process Expo, Chicago, IL,

Oct 24, 2019: Poultry Industry Council AGM, Guelph, ON

Oct 24 - 25, 2019: Ontario Sheep Farmers, AGM and Conference, Allison, ON,

Nov 1 - 10, 2019: Royal Winter Fair, Toronto ON,
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Nov 7, 2019: PHRN Research Day, Guelph, ON

Nov 17 - 19, 2019 : Ontario Federation of Agriculture Annual Meeting, Hamilton ON,

Nov 21-22, 2019 : Poultry Industry Council Innovations Conference, London ON, 

Nov 27, 2019:  Eastern Ontario Poultry Conference, St Isidore, ON

March 31 - April 1, 2020: 20th London Swine Conference, London ON

April 8-9, 2020 - National Poultry Show, 
London ON   
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LRIC Update
Survey on Social Impacts of Digital Agricultural Technologies

A grad student is collecting data on farmers' use of precision agriculture, and any responses would be appreciated. The objective of this study is to understand farmers' perspectives on precision agriculture and how the technologies are being used as well as examine perceptions and use of agricultural data. 

Call for Letters of Intent Open for Ontario Pork and Ontario Poultry Industries

LRIC is currently accepting applications for research proposals for the Ontario Pork and Ontario Poultry Industries. Details and access to the applications for Letters of Intent are available on the website.
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Research Snapshots 

Poultry: Examining virus-virus interactions in flocks

Joint Indian/UK research has found that co-infections of Newcastle Disease virus and avian influenza - two economically important diseases - exacerbate the clinical outcome of Newcastle Disease in vaccinated flocks.

Poultry: Swapping steak for chicken may reduce breast cancer risk

A new study by U.S. researchers found an association between increased red meat consumption and a higher risk of breast cancer in women. Those who ate the most red meat had a 23% higher risk of developing the disease than those who ate less red meat. Eating more poultry was associated with a lower chance of contracting breast cancer.

Poultry: Solving the mystery of piling behaviour

There's a deadly downside to non-cage laying systems for hens that are designed to improve the bird's ability to move more freely. Piling behaviour leads to smothering where hens can be suffocated, and Swiss poultry welfare researchers are trying to better understand this behaviour.

Swine: Reducing temperature loss to improve piglet survival

Researchers at the University of Illinois looked at the effect of piglet birth weight on body temperature changes post-farrowing. Following more than 1,000 sows and their 13,200 piglets, they evaluated various activities for managing temperature loss and increasing piglet survival. Combining drying and warming for low birthweight piglets proved the most effective.

Swine: Norwegian algae adds to swine nutrition

The benefits of feeding algae to swine includes more intestinal well-being, effective immunostimulation and increased fertility. A variety of algae (Ascophyllum nodosum) meets the requirements for a widely available, high quality and cost-effective option for the livestock sector, and it proliferates in Norwegian fjords.

Beef: Study shows potential for reducing methane

An international team of scientists have shown it's possible to breed cattle to reduce their methane emissions. The study found the level and type of methane producing microbes in the cow are largely controlled by the cow's genetic makeup - opening the possibility of selecting cattle that are less likely to have high levels of methane-producing bacteria in their rumen.

Beef: Newly discovered cattle genes linked to sustainability

University of Alberta researchers have discovered a new series of genes related to feed efficiency that could help make cattle farming cheaper and more sustainable. The team found that 19 of the 20,000 genes expressed in the bovine rumen, liver, muscle and back fat appear to be associated with feed efficiency.

Dairy: Animal physiology leads to variation in milk yield

A new study at Penn State found the amount and composition of milk produced by dairy cows appears to be regulated more by internal, annual biological rhythms than environmental factors such as heat and humidity. Researchers studied production records from herds across the U.S. for more than a decade.
Dairy: Researchers discover new milk compounds

University of Alberta researchers have created a new online database of more than 2,000 compounds - including vitamins and amino acids - and 168 components never previously report. Their work will help dieticians, physicians, producers and consumers to understand milk's nutritional value.

Aquaculture: Effects of biodensity on the growth, stress physiology, and welfare of Arctic charr in freshwater

Biodensity is a major factor affecting the production and welfare of farmed fishes. During a 91 day study, Artic charr were held at 5 biodensities and examined key growth, stress physiology, and welfare parameters. Growth rates were lower in charr reared at the highest biodensities while feed efficiency was negatively affected at both the highest and lowest biodensities. The results support an optimal biodensity range for charr culture between 60 and 90 kg/m3 to optimize production and welfare.
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Whatever Next?!? 

A high stakes game informs disease control behaviour

Video games are helping University of Vermont researchers understand the role human behaviour plays in animal disease outbreak. It's the first study of its kind to include human behaviour in infectious disease outbreak projections. Researchers designed video games where players are hog farmers making risk management decisions - and are using game decisions for a more accurate depiction of how disease outbreaks would play out in the real world.
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